Sunday, September 23, 2012

Jason revisits Black Dynamite

Comedy is subjective, but I haven't met a man, women or beast who doesn't dig the shit out of Michael Jai White and Scott Sanders's send up of 1970 Blaxploitation movies -- Black Dynamite. Can you dig?

Black Dynamite is the greatest African-American action star of the 1970s. When his only brother is killed by The Man it's up to him to find justice.

Pure and simple, this is one of the funniest movies ever made. It's a brilliant satire, and far more successful than spoofs like Scary Movie or the even the Airplane films. Why? Because it plays itself razor straight. What our man Christopher R. Mihm does for 1950s drive-in movies, White and Sanders have done for Blaxploitation.

For one, you can tell these guys not only love the genre, but they know it inside and out. They know what made the movies so awesome and so unintentionally funny at the same time. They aren't laughing at Shaft or Boss Nigger, they're laughing with them. And because they do, so do we.

The whole cast is brilliant. The fight scenes are funny and awesome and the music is pitch perfect. And, as with all great comedies, Black Dynamite has one memorable line after another. My crew and I quote Black Dynamite as often as we can.

"I threw that shit before I walked in the room!"

If you haven't watched Black Dynamite, you can't call yourself a movie fan. And you need to -- now! I've seen it more times than I can count, and you better fucking believe that I'll see it again and again.

A Good, jive turkey. Now bounce.

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